Florida State’s Travis Rudolph Throws Stiff Arm, Defines YAC On Big TD

    Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Seminoles backup quarterback Sean Maguire that featured a mean stiff arm and some hard-earned yards after the catch. The play was part of a big day for Rudolph in a 45-21 win over Syracuse.

    October 31, 2015

    Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph entered Saturday’s game against Syracuse with 310 yards receiving on 30 catches and three touchdowns through the first seven games of the season. Needless to say, he left Doak Campbell Stadium with considerably bigger stats. And how.

    With the upset-minded Orange up 7-0 in the first quarter and the Seminoles playing without star running back Dalvin Cook and starting quarterback Everett Golson, backup quarterback Sean Maguire connected with Rudolph on a 40-plus-yard pass from FSU’s 25-yard line.

    But Rudolph was still 30-plus yards from the end zone. This is where the sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla. taught the Syracuse defense what yards after catch — or YAC — means.

    After initially eluding ‘Cuse cornerback Corey Winfield and safety Antwan Cordy, Rudolph was on his way. He juked cornerback Cordell Hudson, who appeared to have an angle on him, around the 15-yard line. Then, as if the initial embarrassment wasn’t enough, Rudolph delivered a stiff arm on Winfield around the 10-yard line that lit up social media. Following one last broken tackle at the goal line, Rudolph had completed an amazing 75-yard touchdown play.

    He finished with five catches, 191 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-21 win. But it was that first one — and all the yards after catch — that helped Florida State get the big victory.

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